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Mix of snow, freezing rain and wind could affect road conditions


The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Sandy area this weekend from 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, until 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Today's sunny skies and highs in the low 30s will give way to clouds moving in this evening and lows around 24 degrees. Snow flurries are expected in the early morning hours of Saturday, turning to snow with wind gusts betweeen 10 and 21 mph by 11 a.m., the NWS forecasts.

The chance of precipitation for Saturday is 80 percent, with 1 to 2 inches of snow expected to accumulate and highs around 31. A chance of mixed snow and rain remains before 8 p.m., turning to rain after 8 then freezing rain into Sunday morning. Lows are forecast to be around 29 with winds of 25 to 33 mph from the east. The chance of precipitation will rise from 90 percent to 100 percent between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Freezing rain might join the mix beginning late Sunday morning, with highs for the day around 38, accompanied by 22- to-31-mph wind gusts from the east .

With Sunday night's low temperatures predicted to be above freezing at 35, the NWS is calling for warmer temperatures and rain into next week, with highs near 40 and lows around or just above freezing.

To check road conditions reported by the Oregon Department of Transportation, visit tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp?curRegion=1

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